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  •  Good grief docs all upset over 2.3% tax? (8+ / 0-)

    I'm so sick of greedy doctors.

    •  Well that's my guess (3+ / 0-)
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      anyway.  What other fricken reason do these clowns have?

      Maybe there is some Medicare reimbursement reduction that these jerks don't want to deal with.

      I know my dentist lies and says the crowns I need are not covered because the insurance pays them so little for the work.  So the normally $400 crown (including materials, etc.) costs $900 out of pocket.

      If reimbursement for this procedure is being reduced, perhaps the doctor here is thinking he will be getting so much less money from Medicare he doesn't feel it's enough to cover his work?

      ??

      Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

      by delphine on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 02:30:41 PM PST

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      •  To answer my own question (3+ / 0-)
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        CuriousBoston, raincrow, hdwh

        Teh Google took me here:

        On average, patients thought that surgeons should receive $18,501 for total hip replacements,  and $16,822 for total knee replacements. Patients estimated actual Medicare reimbursement to be $11,151 for total hip replacements and $8,902 for total knee replacements.  Seventy per cent of patients stated that Medicare reimbursement was “much lower” than what it should be, and only 1% felt that it was higher than it should be.

        In reality, surgeons get paid on average $1,378 for a total hip and $1,430 for a total knee.  Thus patients were off by an order of magnitude in their estimates!  The disconnect in public knowledge seems extreme.

        In short, patients — the most important part of all of health care policy decisions — have absolutely no clue how much doctors get paid.  They think we get paid (or, at least, deserve to) about 10 times more than we actually do!

        So a few hundred dollars for the hardware could be a real hit.  

        http://www.freakonomics.com/...

        http://www.biomet.com/...

        Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

        by delphine on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 02:34:09 PM PST

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